Broad Bean - Vicia faba


An erect plant to 1 metre in height. The compound leaves usually have up to 6 large, broad, oval leaflets. The flowers are large, white with dark purple markings.

Identification difficulty

Waste places, rubbish dumps and disturbed soils, often close to habitation or to fields where it is grown as a crop.

When to see it

In flower from May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread as a casual escape from cultivation in England, more scattered elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional casual escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map